The National Labor Relations Board has accused Tesla of violating labor laws by banning employees in Orlando, Fla., from speaking out about workplace matters. Corresponding Bloomberg, NLRB’s Tampa regional director filed a complaint against the automaker in September for breaking the law by telling employees not to discuss their pay with other people and not to discuss the termination of another employee. Additionally, based on the filing the news organization received through a Freedom of Information Act request, Tesla management has reportedly told employees not to “complain to senior managers” about their working conditions.
Tesla has had to face several complaints from the NLRB in recent years. In 2021, the agency found that the automaker had violated US labor laws by firing a union activist and threatening workers’ benefits. The NLRB ordered the company to reinstate union activist Richard Ortiz and remove all evidence of disciplinary action from its files. It also ordered Tesla CEO Elon Musk to delete a tweet the court had seen as a threat that employees would give up stock options paid for by the company if they joined a union. The tweet in question is still liveand Tesla is attractive the NLRB’s decision in court.
An agency spokesman said Bloomberg that a judge will hear the complaint filed by Tampa’s regional director in February. As the publication notes, companies can still appeal the agency judges’ decision to NLRB members in Washington and then to federal court, so it may be years before corrective action is taken.
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